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Leavenworth County YEC 2024

2023-2024 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series

Leavenworth, KS

Business application deadline
February 2, 2024
Judge sign-up deadline
February 5, 2024
Entry fee
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Network Kansas, Grow Leavenworth County (GLC), and our sponsors organize YEC 24 to bring students together to gain hands-on entrepreneurship experience.  The competition involves students writing a comprehensive executive summary, setting up an exhibition booth, delivering a verbal presentation about their business, and pitching their "elevator" message.

This year, we will include a workshop during which four experienced and successful entrepreneurs will share their stories and then have a panel discussion to interact with the students.  During lunch, we will have another successful business owner share his or her story.  

The competition will start after lunch for three events: exhibit tables, an oral presentation of the business model and plan, and the elevator pitch.  Participants will submit their written executive summaries before the event. 

Schedule and key dates

Before the Competition
  • Participants enroll in the competition by Friday, February 2, 2024 
  • Participants submit their written executive summaries by Monday, February 5, 2024
Event Day, Friday, February 9, 2024
  • 9:00 a.m.:  Participants set up their exhibit tables
  • 10:00 a.m. "How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur."  Four entrepreneurs will share their stories and lessons learned.
  • 11:20 a.m. Panel discussion.  Participants may ask questions of the panelists.
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch and a Keynote Address
  • 1:00 p.m. Competition of three events: exhibit tables, oral presentations, and elevator pitches.
  • 3:00 p.m. Competition closes
  • 3:30 p.m. Announce the competiton results 

Organized by

Ted Davis

Date and time

Address and location

Riverfront Community Center
123 S Esplanade Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048


Executive Summary

The Executive Summary is a written business summary, in PDF format, including de...

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Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch is a short pitch of an entrepreneur's business to a pane...

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Formal Presentation

The Formal Presentation is a four-to-six-minute presentation where each business...

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The Tradeshow is a 2-hour event where businesses can pitch their products or ser...

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